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Duckling whistling while he breathes

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by hugitnotnugget, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. hugitnotnugget

    hugitnotnugget Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2016
    We got Pekin Ducks a little while ago. They are about a week old. One is making a whistling/heavy breathing sound when he breathes. He is acting great but I'm worried about him.
  2. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2014
    Do they have water deep enough to dunk their heads and clear out their nares? It is possible the duckling has dried food stuck in the nares? That can cause a whistling sound and heavy breathing. If it's just that it can be fixed by just giving them a lukewarm bath so they can really clear out their nares, then also providing them deep enough water to clear out their nares at all times in the brooder. (You'll want to make sure they are not able to get more than just their face into the water, though. You don't want them to get themselves and the brooder all wet and get chilled.)

    If that is not the issue, the duckling may have a respiratory infection, which will require antibiotics.
  3. hugitnotnugget

    hugitnotnugget Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2016
    Thank you!
  4. Shorty3735r

    Shorty3735r Out Of The Brooder

    May 12, 2015
    South East Tn
    Did it always do that? We have 2 goslings that whistle and always have. They have deep enough water and only do it while they are sleeping

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